Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Photo by Sarah Webb)

Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Photo by Sarah Webb)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued the following statement of Archbishop Charles Chaput Wednesday morning, May 13.


I’ve followed news of the tragic Amtrak train derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia last night with deep sadness and concern.

In the wake of this disaster, I urge all people of good will to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in asking the Lord to bring healing to all those suffering physical and emotional anguish in the wake of this incident.

Let us also pray for all of the first responders, emergency personnel, and medical professionals who have been working to assist those affected by the derailment. May God bless and protect them.